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Japanese Courses

1023 Aspects of the Japanese Language



This course is usually offered every year—usually in the fall term.


This course is an introduction to the Japanese language through study of its sound system, vocabulary, semantics, syntax, language use, and writing system. Topics of discussion will include: word order, basic sentence patterns, particles such as wa and ga, gender specific language, word formation, representation of knowledge, etc. The course will be extremely useful for anyone in Japanese studies who wishes to have a deeper understanding of the Japanese language as well as of a non-Indo-European language. This course can be taken by Department majors in conjunction with JPNSE 1908, Directed Writing.


JPNSE 0002 or equivalent. Some familiarity with linguistic analysis is highly recommended.

Recitation: none

Class Size: 20